The civil war at Paris Saint-Germain has taken a new shape as a group of the club’s ultras have vowed to boycott all games in the wake of protests against the club’s board and star players Neymar and Lionel Messi.
The Paris club was rocked by protests last week after a group of disgruntled supporters made their feelings known to the club for suspending Messi following his unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been in the eye of the storm recently due to his trip to the Middle East and failure to agree on a new deal with the club. PSG had offered him a contract extension, but the Argentine has indicated that he will not be signing a new contract at Parc des Princes.
He has also seen his commitment to the cause being questioned throughout a two-year stint in France and feels it is time he leaves the toxicity in Paris for some quiet.
Meanwhile, his close pal and Brazilian forward Neymar has also attracted unwelcome attention from the highly-critical fans during another injury-hit campaign.
During the recent protest, both players were asked to leave the club this summer. The club’s chief Nasser Al Khelaifi and prominent members of the club’s playing staff were also criticised during the protest.
And now a section of the protesters have doubled down on their recent protest by staging a boycott.
The Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) released this statement on their social media platforms (via GOAL): “At the end of the meeting between the club’s management and the leaders of the Collectif Ultras Paris, the CUP office decided to completely cease our activities. We will, therefore, no longer be present at the Parc des Princes or on the move. The latest events at the state of our common relations with management lead us to believe this is the best and only solution likely to preserve a common future. We are waiting for clear answers from the club on several points in order to possibly review our positions.”